Practice Champions are people who voluntarily give their time to work with the staff in their local GP Practice to find new ways to improve the services that the practice offers and to help to meet the health needs of patients and the wider community.
This project is being piloted in a number of areas across the country. In Sheffield there are 3 Sheffield Cubed member organisations delivering this work in 4 areas of the city in partnership with 4 GP Practices.
The connection between health champions and their general practice provides substantial benefits for both practice and champions. Champions, as they come to be recognised as members of the general practice team, gain a greater understanding of what the formal health and social care system has to offer, along with a more effective way of connecting people with needs into this system. The connection with general practice also strengthens their status as community leaders, increasing their effectiveness in their community.
For the practice, champions provide a link into their community and much greater knowledge of the resources available in it. The champions’ groups provide a new resource and many of the practice health champions are keen to work at the interface between the practice and the community, helping patients to make the best use of the services provided both by the practice and by the wider health and social care system. Champions work on issues that they feel passionate about and that are a priority to their practice.
Member organisations delivering:
- Darnall Wellbeing
- Heeley City Farm
Funding Source Sheffield City Council & Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG)
Contract Dates June 15 – September 16
Project Lead is Megan Ohri